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Jorge Moll: Soccer Fans’ Love For Teams Is Natural and Is Rooted in Brain Wiring

Science is a fluctuating, complex and even time-consuming endeavor and this is why not many can engage in it. It is also important to make a distinction here between science and scientism. Science is intellectual rigor and requires intense critical work, while scientism is what you read in magazines, and can be said to be science just for science’s sake. Real science is what people should concentrate on. Fortunately, real science is the focus today of Brazilian neuroscientist Jorge Moll.


One of the most famous articles that Jorge Moll helped publish is the article at Science Daily involving the results of a neuroimaging of soccer fans. The study done through the experts and researchers from D’Or Institute for Research and Education revealed impressive results.


The study answered, among many questions, the inquiry about why soccer fans feel strongly for the teams they support. It also answers why people feel good when they take part in activities that involve the groups that they belong to. Published also in Nature’s Scientific Reports, Jorge Moll’s work has shown that all of these feelings of affinity for a team or group is ingrained in our brains. It is revealed that it is already part of our humanity to be part of a group. This is because such participation increases our chances of survival, gives us pleasure, and gives us more chances of favorable consequences in natural selection.


About Jorge Moll


Jorge Moll is most known for his intelligence, dedication and passion for being the President of D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), which is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also the Senior Researcher in IDOR’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup. His distinctions include being the Affiliate Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.


Moll got his Neurology degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and his PhD in Experimental Physiopathology at the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz da Universidade de São Paulo. His expertise in research has clearly grown into a body of work that’s been respected by fellow researchers studying human behaviour and emotional cognition.


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